The Seychelles are often described as one of the most beautiful places in the world or one of the last paradises, making it ideal place for honeymoon or especially wedding. The island state offers a huge range of luxury hotels with dreamlike, untouched beaches, an incomparable nature and biodiversity and an extremely friendly local population. In other words, ideal conditions for a newlywed couple to spend a dreamy honeymoon week.
Here is a list of documents which can be used as a convenient reference guide so that couples can prepare for all the requirements of organizing a civil wedding ceremony. It includes a list of documents required by the Civil Status Office from the couple as well as the contact details of some of the authoritative bodies. We hope that the information provided in this document will aid you in the preparation and organization of your special day in Seychelles.
While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this document, ExperienceSeychelles takes no liability for any errors or omissions. The information is subject to change without notice and should be re-confirmed with the relevant authorities.
Legal Requirements Document – Marrying in Seychelles
- A church wedding without a civil ceremony is not recognised as being legal and the parties must therefore contract a civil wedding prior to the religious ceremony.
- It is advisable that the wedding is planned at least two months in advance to allow for the processing of documentation.
- Persons wishing to organise their own wedding must apply to the Seychelles Civil Status Office in Victoria on Mahé for a civil ceremony and the relevant church body for the religious ceremony.
- The couple must be present in Seychelles at least 2 days prior to the civil ceremony.
- Civil ceremonies may be conducted around the hotel property with permission from both the hotel and the Civil Registrar. Weddings outside the hotel property can only be performed in private and authorised places. The authorisation needs to be obtained from the Civil Registrar.
- Weddings can also be performed in the Civil Status Office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 09:00hrs and 11:00hrs, in the presence of two witnesses provided by the parties themselves.
- Couples wishing to marry outside the Civil Status Office will be required to pay a fee. This fee applies to ceremonies held on any weekday on Mahé or one of the Inner Islands. It should be noted that the Inner Islands include: Anonyme, Bird, Cerf, Cousine, Denis, Frégate, La Digue, Moyenne, North, Praslin, Round, Ste Anne, and Silhouette islands. The couple will be required to cover the transportation cost for the Registrar officer to travel to these islands. However, the Civil Status Office also has officers on both Praslin and La Digue.
- Couples wishing to marry on one of the Outer Islands, including Alphonse or Desroches, will be required to pay a different fee plus the transportation cost to these islands for the Registrar officer.
- A fee is charged for ceremonies held after 17:00hrs on a weekday or at any time on a Saturday and Sunday.
- Legally conducted marriages in Seychelles are recognised under European laws.
- There are no nationality requirements that need to be fulfilled.
- A special stamp (apostille) is required to validate the marriage certificate obtained after the civil ceremony for all nationalities except for British nationals. This stamp is available at the Registrar’s office located at the Supreme Court for a fee of SCR140 (EUR 9, GBP 8).
- The couple must produce the following documents:
– Birth certificate or certified copy,
– If either party is divorced, the decree of divorce,
– If either of the parties is a widow or widower the death certificate of the former spouse
– Legal proof in the case of a name having been changed
– Copies of the first 2 pages of both parties’ valid passports
– Document to show that there is no impediment or lawful hindrance to the intended marriage (If this cannot be obtained, an affidavit has to be signed in Seychelles after a solemn declaration has been made to that effect)
– All the above documents must be originals or copies duly certified before departure from one’s home country and must be translated into either English or French if the translation has not already been made.
– For details of the different fees mentioned please contact the Seychelles Civil Status Office directly.
– French law requires that French nationals wishing to get married abroad follow certain specific procedures. For information concerning these, contact either your local municipality or the Seychelles Civil Status Office or the French Embassy in Seychelles.
Seychelles Civil Status Office
PO Box 430, Victoria, Mahé
Tel: +248 29 36 13 / 29 36 04
Fax: +248 32 10 46
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 08:00hrs-11:30hrs & 13:00hrs-15:00hrs
Closed on weekends and public holidays.
Seychelles Honeymoon Weeks | Honeymoon on the “Love Islands“
A Seychelles Honeymoon trip will be remembered for a lifetime! As newlyweds, would you like to sit on the beach at a romantic candlelight dinner and have your personal waiter serve you a tasty multi-course meal? Would you like to indulge in luxury as a couple, toast your love at a romantic candlelight dinner or go on an adventurous trekking trip? That can all be arranged.
As suitable accommodation for your honeymoon, there are multiple accommodation options that have direct access to the sea. It is quite special to sit on the veranda of a luxurious bungalow for two and enjoy a cocktail in peace.
As you gaze out over the endless expanse of the ocean, the outline of a cruise ship appears from time to time far in the distance. The golden glittering, rushing water near the bungalow heralds a beautiful, blood-red sunset.
Your Seychelles trip will become an unforgettable experience for you and your partner!